VGP – Ha Noi organised a ceremony to welcome the first international visitors, on January 1.
The special event were held by the Ha Noi’s Department of Tourism, the national carrier Viet Nam Airlines and the Noi Bai International Airport.
A German man named Kux Timo touched down at Noi Bai airport in the capital at 6:45 am on Flight VN36 from Frankfurt (Germany), becoming the first foreign holidaymaker to arrive in the capital city this year, signaling a good year for the local tourism industry.
Speaking at the event, the lucky guest expressed his delight in being warmly welcomed. He has travelled to Viet Nam frequently over the past six years for both business and leisure purposes, and has been impressed with the beauty and friendliness of the capital city.
Director of the municipal Department of Tourism Tran Duc Hai highlighted Ha Noi’s advantages to attract foreign visitors such as rich millenary culture, high quality tourism services and hospitality.
The capital city has become an appealing international destination, with foreign tourist arrivals rising year after year. The World Travel Awards (WTA) has nominated the city among the 17 top cities for travellers in the world.
The official also said in 2019, the Ha Noi tourism department would try their best to achieve their goals in both quality and quantity.
Ha Noi targets to welcome 27.83 million visitors this year, representing a 10% increase from 2018. Of the total, the number of foreign arrivals is expected to increase 15% year-on-year to 6.33 million.
By Vien Nhu